After a trip to the Holiday splendour, the offensive of the Canadian has had trouble in front of his supporters during a stay in the home of the three parties.
Montreal has lost two of its three games at the Bell Centre and only scored three goals. However, head coach Claude Julien was far from yielding to the panic after the defeat of 1-0 against the Wild in Minnesota on Monday.
“What are the chances that count, said Julien after his troop had been bleached for a third time this season. I hope it will be back, but we scored a lot of goals during our trip. Here, it is two home games in a row where it works a little less. But I believe that it is simply a matter of create a little bit more and take advantage of our opportunities.”
It is true that the Habs had scored 13 goals in three meetings during the second portion of his trip, between Christmas and new Year’s Day. Helped by the brilliance of Carey Price, the Canadian has won 2-0 to face the Vancouver Canucks in his return to Montreal, before being handcuffed by the Predators in Nashville on Saturday, in a reversal of 4-1.
In the Face of Predators, the Canadian had been completely bottled up in its territory in the course of the match, unable to go to good zone outputs. If the team has done better at this level against the Wild on Monday, other problems have surfaced and the goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk has not had to challenge himself to allow his own to prevail.
“I believe that we have been able to go there more attacks sustained on Saturday, has analysed Brendan Gallagher. But we still have to find ways to score, something that had not really been a problem so far for us this season.
“In the last two games, I think the goalkeeper has provided a better effort than us. We need to do things that are simple, like throw the puck to the net and create traffic in front of him. There are always solutions.”
The Canadian gliding
Defender Mike Reilly played 55 games under Bruce Boudreau with the Wild before being traded to Canada on the 26th of February last and he was able to explain what made the success for the visitors, Monday.
“The Wild is a team very structured, he mentioned. Their coach wants to have a good fail-forward in the neutral zone and outputs in the control. If we are not exploiting our speed, it is difficult to easily penetrate the offensive zone.
“I think they defended the red line and their blue line. They have complicated our work in the entry area.”